Lee St. John is a mess. She tries to behave like the Southern Belle she was brought up to be, but her playful high jinxes just get in the way. She can't help it. Bless her heart. As an only child she learned how to entertain herself and, with self-deprecating humor, she just lets it rip. No filter. But she does have a soft spot for memories of her generation, her parents' generation, and her children's generation and these vintage but entertaining vignettes will either melt your heart or leave you LOL - Lee Out Loud!
My favorite thing about this book, besides the reminders of all the things I too loved as a child, from Barbies to horses, was that the author narrated the book. She did her own high school cheers and sang the fight song! I enjoyed going through the memories with Lee St. John.
Would you listen to She's a Keeper! again? Why?
I will listen again. It was engaging and enteratining, with nice energy and pacing.
What was one of the most memorable moments of She's a Keeper!?
The description of her wedding dress, found after 33 years stored, was fabulous.
Have you listened to any of Lee St. John’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is her first, but I will listen to future recordings for sure.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Confessions from a Southern Girl's Closet
Any additional comments?
St. John is a southern woman, born and raised, and her books are written vignette style. When I met her at an author event earlier this year I asked her what motivated her to write her books and she happily told me that these were stories that someday her children would want to know, even if they didn't yet. She is a vivacious and energetic retired teacher, who quite draws that light. She is a woman that brings air into the room, a woman who never met a stage that didn't adore her.
I started listening early this morning and laughed all through the morning routine of reordering my home after the slack weekend. Her vignette's are written as she speaks, with energy and excitement and it's a quick journey through the treasures of her closet. Half way through her litany of practical jokes, fabulous adventures, and cock-eyed memories I felt like I had travelled her life with her.
Yes, her vignettes shape to tell the story of her life, but what I loved even more, was the story they told of being Southern. I am a transplant to the south and there are many things down here that are different from where I grew up. There is a pride in the south, of being Southern the St. John captures in vivid strokes. She's a storyteller along the lines of Lewis Grizzard. I could absolutely see her work serialized in the newspaper. It's a quick read, and enjoyable, expect to want to share some of the tales yourself, or better yet, invite the author to your next luncheon and she'll keep you all entertained.
Nice job, Lee, it's exactly what I needed!